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Response To Common Inaccuracy: Israeli Policies Are Like Nazi Policies

Inaccuracy: Israeli treatment of the Palestinians today is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews, and policies of “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide.”


Absolutely no comparison can be made between the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews.  Nor can Israeli actions or policies be characterized as acts of ethnic cleansing or genocide. 

In contrast to the Holocaust and more recent examples of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Rwanda and Kosovo, there is no Israeli ideology, policy or plan to persecute, exterminate or expel the Palestinian population – nor has there ever been. Israeli policies toward the Palestinians are a result of a conflict over territory, and are developed based on Israel’s need to defend its population and combat threats to Israel’s security, while promoting a negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

In direct contrast, the Nazis’ “final solution” to the “Jewish problem” was the deliberate, systematic and mechanized extermination of European Jewry. Hitler’s final solution led to the calculated, premeditated murder of six million Jews and the destruction of thriving Jewish communities across Europe.

Those that make the comparison between the Jewish state and the Nazis and Hitler – who perpetrated the greatest and largest act of anti-Semitism in world history – have not chosen this comparison innocently or dispassionately. It is a charge that is purposefully directed at Jews in an effort to associate the victims of Nazi crimes with the Nazi perpetrators, and serves to diminish the significance and uniqueness of the Holocaust. To make such a comparison is anti-Semitic and constitutes blatant hostility toward Jews, Jewish history and the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel.

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